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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Little Jars of Fun

Christmas is coming up fast, and our Sew Wot group celebrated with a lunch out at one of the local cafes for our final meeting of the year.  We like to have a gift exchange and this year we did something a little different – with a jam jar.  The instructions were to fill the jar with either homemade jam, sauce, or pickles.  Or maybe sweets, fudge, or something edible.  The third option was to fill our gift jars with sewing notions, fabric, cotton, buttons or lace.  In fact, anything goes!  We arrived at the café in the pouring rain, settled down, ordered our meals, and placed the festively wrapped jars on the end of the table.  My goodness, they certainly looked interesting.

A nice assortment of Christmas gifts

The meals were very tasty and the service was great.  Our group had plenty to chat about – who was coming for Christmas,  holiday plans, and the dreaded Christmas shopping.  Sadly, two of our ladies are still unwell and could not attend.

Sew Wot ladies at the café

After our meal and coffee had been consumed, the fun began.  Mary wrote the names on all participants and we each chose a folded slip of paper.  And received the gift jar prepared by that person.

Helen choosing a name from Mary

What fun we had unwrapping our jars to see the goodies packed inside.  There was home made lemon honey, a nice assortment of nuts and nibbles in another, and a clever little quilted Tic Tac Toe game and counters all rolled up inside another jar.  The others had all sorts of interesting sewing notions, buttons, thread, pieces of fabric, anything to bring joy to a stitcher’s heart.  It was amazing to see just how much could be rolled and squeezed inside each jar.

Little jars full of fun

It was such a lovely conclusion to our Sew Wot mornings this year, I have certainly enjoyed meeting up with the ladies (when I could) at our fortnightly meetings.  And special thanks to Carol and Mary for organizing our Christmas challenge.


Jocelyn is Canadian Needle Nana said...

Looking 'pretty in pink' there Jenny. Just love the jars idea and what great fun for your group and it's hard to believe it's that time of year again, already!

Kate said...

Such a fun gathering, Jenny, that made me smile - you all look like you're having such fun. I love the idea of the gift jars - very creative.

Nancy J said...

What a great idea, and to have goodies in a jar is such fun. Meeting with other quilters is so good, I miss joining in with the Wednesday group up here.

Raewyn said...

What a wonderful way to end the year Jenny... such a fun idea with the jar gift, will have to suggest that to our group (for next year!).

Janice said...

What a lovely day it must have been. I love the idea of the jam jar swap.